Since I was 16 I have been loyal to one foundation, and that is the MAC studio fix fluid. Lately, I haven’t really been liking the consistency and coverage that it was giving me, so I made an irrational decision to try something new. In those uncontrollable moments when you realise it’s pay day and you haven’t bought yourself anything exciting in a week, sometimes you make irrational decisions. I however, did not.
To say that this past week has been intense is an understatement. Between uni, work, and my social life, things got a bit hectic and I felt very overwhelmed. I realised that sometimes life goes by so fast that we forget to stop and appreciate how far we’ve come, and who has helped us get there. Sometimes we just forget to be grateful for the lives we’re living, grateful for the good and the bad that we experience.
With Mother’s Day coming up, it’s even more so a time to show appreciation to the ones we love and care about.
Now, you guys have the opportunity to win a limited edition gratitude gift pack for you and someone you love with Circa Home – just in time for Mother’s Day! All you have to do is click this link and tell Circa Home what you’re grateful for!
This range has a honeyflower and sandalwood fragrance with undertones of cucumber and vanilla, which when lit can literally remind you of a hug from your mum!
Also in the range you can get
|Honeyflower & Sandalwood Fragrance Diffuser|
|Honeyflower & Sandalwood Soy Melts|
|Limited Edition Electric Wax Warmer|
Dumbledore once said “happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light” This is so relevant because lighting the candle and inhaling the amazing scent can actually bring you happiness…
but for real though, Circa Home’s Gratitude range and competition really makes you think about all of the things that we should be grateful for, and honestly, we truly are lucky for every little thing that life throws at us; even the things that we wish we never had to experience have forced you to grow as a person, and that in itself is something to be grateful for.
Where do I even begin to describe 2015?
2015 was the year that I met amazing people and made friends I know will be around for a long time.
2015 was the year that I worked my ass off and reached my goals.
2015 was the year that I got a taste of the real world and thrived from it.
Picture this: You’re super busy, perhaps you’re shopping up a storm, testing out the NARS Steven Klein collection, and suddenly you’re juggling the products and a big hand bag on your arm, and then you start to ache; big red and white lines appear from where you’ve accidentally cut circulation, then finally, you leave the store with nothing to show for your trouble.
I am so, so sorry I haven’t posted in so long. My life has been ridiculously crazy lately. I have been working heaps and then when I do get a day off it’s the only time I have to catch up with family, friends, and run errands.
I do admit, I was beginning to get really, really frustrated with how everything was panning out, especially considering that I didn’t have time to write about all of the things that have been happening recently. Then, when I did have time, I was too tired to properly write and edit things in time to post them.
To be completely honest though, at the moment I feel like it’s in my best interest to work every day that I can, because that way I can achieve my goals a lot quicker. Sometimes you have to sacrifice something in order to get something else. At the moment, my main goal is a Euro trip.
As exciting as it is, it’s also extremely stressful because I have a lot of saving left to do, and therefore, need to work my butt off to get to where I want to be, which is cruising through Europe without a worry in the world.
With that being said, though, I am slowly but surely getting back into the blogging mentality, which I don’t think I completely lost, I just needed a break somewhere in my life, and as much as I love blogging, it was probably the easiest thing to take a break from; but never fear, because I am back and I have so much stuff to post that you’ll probably end up getting sick of me!
It’s no secret that if I found a briefcase with at least $15,000, the first thing I would do is go to the airport with an empty suitcase and move to London.
It’s okay, I’m not being completely unrealistic, I have family there and accommodation can be organised so it’s not a stupid idea, I assure you.
Lately, the wanderlust has been real and every time I shop, a motto runs through my head: “This would look awesome in London”.
With that being said, my “If I lived in London” shopping wishlist continues to grow every time I open a new internet tab.
PS: Don’t try to tell me that these items of clothing aren’t as cool as I think they are. I won’t listen.
I also have devised a list of 10 legitimate reasons why I should go to London.
1. I miss my family who live there.
2. I like cold weather.
3. I can experiment with fashion with desirable results.
4. I speak English.
5. British Pound Sterling. Have you seen how low the cost of living is there compared to Australia? (let’s forget about the crap exchange rates) MAC lipsticks are £16 compared to $36 AUD.
5. There are endless paid internships available in the fashion industry (I know this because I follow @fashionworkie on Twitter)
6. I love Shakespeare.
7. I’m studying probably the most versatile degree ever, London offers plenty of courses that co-inside with my degree (I have also looked into this with great detail)
8. I like British bands
9. I’m happy with the monarchal government (and it’s future leaders)
10. I can do the best British accent ever.
PS: This is all hypothetical, Mum…
I seriously cannot believe it! Almost two years and in such a short time we’ve come so far!
I know, 2,000 may not seem like a lot, but to someone who didn’t even think that anyone would see this blog, it’s a lot. Not to mention the fact that all I’ve ever wanted was to be able to influence people; to have a platform where I could be completely honest and opinionated, and people would listen. Now I have 2,000 people listening and I’m starting to think that I’m doing something right.
One thing’s for sure though, and it’s that The Fashion Journals has been a pretty solo ride. Everything that you see i’ve put together in hopes that it’s what people want to see, but I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to not only work for myself, but for you. At the end of the day, I can read and re-read the content that I put up but that won’t mean a thing if I’m the only person gaining from this. I want this blog to benefit every reader in the same way that writing it benefits me. I’ve found myself in a world where anything is possible, where the most unlikely of people can create something that can grow to be influential. Let’s be real, for anyone who knew me, you would never have thought that I of all people would be writing a fashion blog, yet here I am, and I’m loving every minute of it. To tell you the truth, since starting TFJ my mind has never stopped working, and it’s exhausting, but I’m so passionate about this that I don’t care, doing this gives me a reason to strive for things, to work hard so that one day I can dedicate myself solely to The Fashion Journals.
In order to do this, I want to encourage you to connect as much as possible. I want to write this for you, so I need you to tell me what you want to see. Is there a piece of clothing that you have an have no idea to style it? Is there an event you want me to cover? Curious about a beauty product? Just ask!
So, finally, I want to thank everyone for your support, without each and every one of you, I probably wouldn’t be so focused on building TFJ to be all that it can be. This site wouldn’t have the life and atmosphere that it does if it weren’t for you, so thank you.
I have a serious case of wanderlust and it’s not going away!
Knowing that Coachella is happening and i’m not there is making it worse, and so is watching any TV show that’s based in New York. Let’s not even get me started on my desperate need to go to London.
I just really want to travel the world and feel those emotions that I felt when I was away exactly two years ago. It’s been two years too long.
Due to my wanderlust I created this edit. It’s just one of those “if I were getting on a plane right now what would I wear?” edits. Yes, I would wear jeans, I could sleep in jeans if I wanted to.
Here’s to staying in school and the thought of dancing at Coachella.
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I know, I couldn’t help the french revolution reference to the Sans Culottes.
I’ve been seeing culottes around for a long time but for some reason the idea didn’t hit me until I was in Sportsgirl the other day and saw a pair. I didn’t have time to try them on, but I couldn’t stop thinking about them. Coincidentally, I then got a voucher for Sportsgirl, so maybe it’s a sign?
Either way I thought I should try and style them, and I came up with these two options, one for summer, one for winter. The colour of the culottes is so versatile and chic (maybe even more so than black) and I figure that, as they are a statement piece, they should be a colour other than black.
I think the best way to wear culottes is by teaming them with a fitted top, and if need be, an oversized, yet structured coat. I think that although culottes in themselves are a statement, but I think that you definitely need to accessorise, because it will pull the whole look together. The shape and location of the culottes need something to tie the whole look together and flatter your shape. Simple things like a crop top and a long necklace paired with culottes gives the outfit dimension, which I believe is needed with culottes.
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I know, judging by the title you’d assume this was a makeup post… I would too but then once you look at the radiating effortlessness from this edit, you can understand why I called it “Au Naturale”
There’s nothing I’m loving more at the moment than completely neutral, block coloured outfits with detailed accessories. This set is one of my ideal outfits to wear both casually during the day, or more dressed up at night, only needing to change your hairstyle!
This edit also features a good mix of high end designers and economical statement pieces, such as the beige coat which is only $26!!!
You can shop this look in the links below!
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It’s been quite a while now that i’ve been keeping a close eye on KJ’s style, but there’s something about the cliché blue lob and over lined lips that has stopped me from sharing my observations. I think I was just worried that I would seem like another basic trend follower, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t care because… why should I?
Kylie can literally go from elegant and sassy to Coachella ready in 0.00 seconds and no matter what style she tries, she pulls it off. Not only are her outfits on point all the time, but so is her makeup and hair. It’s literally like she doesn’t put a foot wrong, which reminds me, Kylie could (and does) wear plain jeans and a singlet top, and always has the most incredible shoes which make the whole outfit. Here’s what I mean:
I think what I like most about Kylie’s style is that it reminds me that anyone with any means can look chic without breaking the budget. Say you invest in good, gorgeous pairs of shoes in neutral colours, you can easily add an air of effortless style to an otherwise plain outfit. Finish the look with unique jewellery and you’ve got yourself a super easy, super chic look with minimal effort!
There isn’t much more to love than an iconic musical, directed by an Australian artistic legend, with an incredibly talented cast, captivating numbers, along with breath taking costumes designed by said Australian artistic legend’s equally legendary, four time oscar winning wife!
I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to attend the Strictly Ballroom The Musical media call! This meant that I got to watch (and record) three numbers from the show, meet director Baz Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin (costume designer) and speak with the cast! I was also given a backstage tour and got to have a look at the [enormous] set pieces and gorgeously detailed costumes!
I feel as though I should also mention Phoebe Panaretos and Thomas Lacey who play Fran (Just Fran) and Scott Hastings, who after running through three numbers twice like ninjas, stuck around to chat to us! Not only were they open to questions, but they seemed genuinely passionate about what they were doing with their interpretations of their characters and weren’t fussed that we lined up for photos!
Director Baz Luhrmann said that “I can honestly say this, for no other reason than it’s the truth. This cast started great, but they have never stopped evolving their performances, developing their instruments, pushing detail, trying to be everything they possibly can” and this is evident through their performance!
For a world renown director to also say that he is “so damn proud” [of the cast] for “not stopping for a single second in trying to make those performances everything they can be” just means that the cast and crew of Strictly Ballroom The Musical truly will blow you away!
Here’s a quick run down of the long history of Strictly Ballroom:
Strictly Ballroom started off as a musical in 1984 before it’s film adaptation in 1992, both pieces were acclaimed for their unique story, character development and creative direction. When Strictly Ballroom was first shown in Czechoslovakia, it received a 30 minute standing ovation!
Now, Strictly Ballroom has returned to theatre, and after closing in Sydney, it has opened in Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre!
Take a look at my favourite numbers from the show!
Strictly speaking, make sure you catch Strictly Ballroom The Musical before May 3rd! You can book tickets by clicking here
Not only does Maisie Williams portray one of my favourite characters in the HBO series Game of Thrones but lately I’ve noticed that she’s been “sticking em’ with the pointy end” with regard to her style!
What I really like about her looks are that they’re quite unique, and there are some combinations which she has made that you wouldn’t really think would go well together, but her confidence enables her to pull them off.
I really believe that Maisie’s confidence is a key player in her style, which is why I have crowned her this week’s style crush.